Good news…kind of…for those planning an AT&T/Apple camp out on June 29th:
CUPERTINO, CA· June 18, 2007 /PRNewswire/ Apple® today announced that iPhone will deliver significantly longer battery life when it ships on June 29 than was originally estimated when iPhone was unveiled in January. iPhone will feature up to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback.* In addition, iPhone will feature up to 250 hours-more than 10 days-of standby time. Apple also announced that the entire top surface of iPhone, including its stunning 3.5-inch display, has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass to achieve a superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity.
Glass? Glass?!?! On a phone?!?!? How is this a good thing? Raise you hand if you have never accidentally dropped your phone, even from a small distance. If your hand is not in the air, you’re either lying or you only use your phone occasionally…in which case you have no business buying a $500 phone to begin with. The rest of us have our moments where despite our most careful efforts, these things slide out of our hands as we’re trying to take a call while doing 300 other things (driving not being one of them, of course).
On top of that, Apple’s warranties only cover damage due to manufacturer defect. They are notorious for not covering anything like drops or other user-caused problems. Apple fans are thrilled with this news, and the increased battery life is great, but personally there is no way I’m buying a glass-covered cell phone for $500 without accidental protection or some assurance that this thing can take everyday bumps and bruises without a problem. I want to use this thing…not display it on my wall for goodness sakes.